Surgical and prosthodontic paradigms have now been established over the past 25 plus years first through the utilization of CT and currently with lower dosage CBCT three dimensional imaging technologies which provide clinicians with an unprecedented appreciation of the patient’s anatomy for pre-surgical assessment of dental implant receptor sites, bone grafting or other procedures. Currently available interactive treatment planning software can interface with the 3-D CT/CBCT data with a varied degree of virtual tools and interactive treatment planning capabilities. These tools, if used properly, can help clinicians achieve true restoratively driven implant dentistry by matching the receptor sites to the design specifications of the implant and abutments before the scalpel touches the patient. The merging of analog, CBCT, and digital technologies has re-defined the workflow, developed new paths between diagnosis and CAD CAM applications, while enhancing both accuracy and consistency in establishing new paradigms for today and beyond.
CBCT is not only one of the best diagnostic tools – but it is also one of the most important communication tools to enhance the treatment planning phase for all members of the implant TEAM, including the dental laboratory clinician. Therefore, technology, if used properly, can play an important role in maximizing both functional and esthetic results, while providing protocols to limit complications and patient morbidity.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
• Understand how conventional “analog” restorative concepts are being merged with CBCT into the new digital workflow to minimize complications and maximize results
• Understand pre-surgical prosthetic planning using CT/CBCT imaging and 3-D planning software for a variety of different treatment applications